In recognition of their work to advance undergraduate students’ success, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College received the 2016 Digital Learning Innovation Award from the Online Learning Consortium. The work includes an Inclusive Access partnership with Cengage that resulted in significant student savings and increased course engagement and retention.

“This initiative has made all the difference at our institution; our students are saving money, they are more successful in their coursework, and they are seeing the same, streamlined technology in their course sequence. We have seen improvements in retention and significant increases in confidence in technology, especially in developmental students,” said Jenny Billings, Chair of ACA, DRE, and ENG at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

A win-win-win solution

Inclusive Access reaps benefits for students, faculty, and administrators alike. The model integrates the cost of course materials into registration fees and delivers content directly to the institution’s LMS or other preferred channel.

Students succeed with access to affordable materials from day one. Instructors thrive with prepared students and high quality, seamlessly integrated resources. And institutions see impactful results with improved student performance, greater retention, and higher completion rates.

The proof is in the pudding: RCCC case study

Fueled by the desire to eliminate roadblocks to student and instructor success, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College initiated an Inclusive Access partnership in 2014.

Since 2014, the partnership has consistently improved course success rates, with 84% of the college students who completed the course achieving a final score of at least 80% or better.

»Learn more about the Inclusive Access partnership that resulted in an 18% increase in retention.

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